Social-Emotional

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

Evidence Suggests That the Coping Cat Program Reduces Anxiety in Children and Teens

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What is the Coping Cat Program? The Coping Cat Program, created by Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP and Kristina A. Hedtke, Ph.D. is a research-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention (cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to help them feel better/cope better) that helps children recognize andContinue Reading

How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

How to Talk to Kids to Improve Behavior

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I can tell you from over 19 years of experience, that being calm, encouraging, positive, patient, and consistent far outweighs yelling, punishment, and threats in any situation with any child, regardless of what you believe has or hasn’t worked in the past. Research and experience show that positive parenting/teaching strategies win every time and why isContinue Reading

A Message for All Kids

A Message for All Kids

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• You are more than just a kid. You are special for being alive. You are light and hope. You are priceless and worth more than you could ever imagine! • What other people say doesn’t change who you are. • You are at your best when you love and believe in yourself. • WhenContinue Reading

Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

Roots of Empathy: A Research-Based Program that Counters Bullying

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  What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is a research-based program with a long-term goal to create a society of adults who are responsible/well-mannered citizens that use positive parenting methods. The overall short-term goal of the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels ofContinue Reading

Research Says We Can Help Kids of All Ages Develop Empathy-Find Out How!

Research Says We Can Help Kids of All Ages Develop Empathy-Find Out How!

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  What is Empathy? Empathy is defined as “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions; the ability to share someone else’s feelings” Interestingly, research demonstrates an impressive correlation between students’ training and skills in empathetic understanding and their academic performance. Kathleen Cotton, the author or coauthor of more than 70Continue Reading

Intensive Interaction – A Research-Based Approach that Aims to Improve Communication for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Intensive Interaction – A Research-Based Approach that Aims to Improve Communication for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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By Dr. Ditte Rose Andersen, Intensive Interaction Denmark Intensive Interaction is a research-based approach that helps children and adults with disabilities develop social interaction and communication. In Intensive Interaction this happens through shared, meaningful and enjoyable activities. Social and communication learning is the central purpose of Intensive Interaction, and in this way, the approach addressesContinue Reading

Find Out How One Teacher Stopped Bullying in Her Classroom!

Find Out How One Teacher Stopped Bullying in Her Classroom!

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By Omolara Gbadamosi Within the school environment, the classroom is a child’s home. It represents the family unit. Most likely, every class will always have at least one child that seems out of place and other children will notice the awkwardness. Personally, I do not think oppression is the problem because it is part ofContinue Reading

8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

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This article gives several fun social skills activities that you can do with your child. While the activities are described in a one on one format between parent and child, many of them can also be used with a group of children such as siblings, students, or clients in a group therapy setting. Parents, teachers,Continue Reading

6 Ways to Bounce Back From an Insult Quickly

6 Ways to Bounce Back From an Insult Quickly

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People often have trouble moving on quickly after someone says something to them that they find offensive, hurtful, or insulting. This has been an area of weakness for me since I was a child. I wish I knew at the time how to let insults roll off my back, but I am learning now. IContinue Reading

8 Ways I Battle My Depression Every Day and Win!

8 Ways I Battle My Depression Every Day and Win!

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I have literally been battling depression for the last 30 years and I am only 37. I have had ups and down and days where I certainly did not want to live anymore. I experienced severe bullying and parental neglect. I felt lost and hopeless hundreds of times, but I pulled through and I am soContinue Reading